Joint Task Force 2 (JTF 2)

Joint Task Force 2 (JTF 2) (French: Deuxième Force Opérationnelle Interarmée (FOI 2))
Home NationCanada
Motto‘Facta Non Verba’ (Deeds Not Words’ & ‘Ubique’ (everywhere)
Date Founded1 April, 1993.
Key StatisticsSize: Full size classified, but JTS2 is believed to comprise over 600 personnel.

Funding: Start up costs estimated at $20 million, but annual costs began at approximately $40 million. The 2001 budget allocated $120 million to expand the unit’s capabilities, doubling its personnel from 300 to 600 and improving its ability to respond to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear emergencies. The 2003 budget increased JTS2’s annual funding to $800 million. The 2005 budget allocated over $2.5 billion over 5 years to acquire new equipment and build a new facility. However, construction plans for the new facility – which dragged on for over a decade – were axed in 2019 amid controversy over the $1.2 billion price tag, opposition from a local landowner, and a series of lone wolf terror attacks closer to the unit’s current base in Ottowa. 

Diversity: Female candidates are allowed to apply for JTF2, and several have tried out. However, none have yet passed the required tests. In 2018, Maj-Gen. Mike Rouleau expressed a desire to recruit more women, etc.
Regimental RemitSpecialism: Counter-terrorism (domestic and abroad), direct action, special reconnaissance and surveillance, hostage rescue, protective security, foreign internal defence, and other high-value tasks. 

Where are they based: Based in Dwyer Hill, Ontario. 

Operating location(s): domestic and international. JTF2 is primarily dedicated to counter-terrorism at home, particularly in Ottowa, but also conducts operations abroad. 
Noteworthy OperationsUNPROFOR, Bosnia, 1993 – UN Peacekeeping Mission.

Take Force K-Bar, Afghanistan, October 2001-April 2002 – Aprox. 40 JTF2 operatives participated in a US-led joint SOF task force, a deployment that was not reported to the Canadian public.

Ousting of Jean Bertrand Aristide, Haiti, 2004 – JTF2 were deployed to Haiti to secure the Canadian embassy and the airport.

Operation Mobile, Libya, 25 February-31 October, 2011 – Canada’s role in the international response to the 2011 uprising in Libya.

Operation Impact, Iraq/Syria, 7 October, 2014-present – Canada’s mission in the global coalition against ISIS. JTF2 are allegedly deployed to train and advise Kurdish and Iraqi snipers. In June 2017, it was reported that a JTS2 sniper serving on Operation Impact eliminated an ISIS militant from 3,540 metres (2.20 mi) away, breaking the world record for the farthest kill shot.
Any ScandalsIn 2006, a Canadian Federal Court judge rejected an attempt at a court-martial request for a JTF2 operative accused of “serious offences of aggravated assault and ill treatment of a subordinate”. The man could not be tried because naming him would risk breaching secrecy rules surrounding his unit, according to the judge.

In 2007, a JTF2 operative died after a fall from a communication tower in Kandahar, Afghanistan. It remains the only death JTF2 has reported.